Club América coach Miguel Herrera and Monarcas Morelia assistant coach Esteve Padilla will both be absent from the benches for one game after earning a suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions.
In the relegation standings, Lobos BUAP remained last despite their 2-2 draw with relegation rival Puebla, while fellow rivals Veracruz and Querétaro also drew.
Santos Laguna 3-1 Atlas
Veracruz 0-0 Necaxa
Cruz Azul 2-1 Monterrey
León 1-2 Monarcas Morelia
Tigres UANL 2-3 América
Chivas de Guadalajara 1-2 Pumas UNAM
Tijuana 1-1 Querétaro
Toluca 2-1 Pachuca
Puebla 2-2 Lobos BUAP
In a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, Puebla and Lobos BUAP had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps La Franja unbeaten in two but winless in three, while the Licántropos saw their two-game winning streak halted but remain unbeaten in three.
The Clásico Poblano started off without many clear chances for either side, with the ball staying largely in midfield. But shortly before halftime, Lobos took the lead. Mauro Laínez took the ball into the box and sent a low cross across the face of goal for Leonardo Ramos, who sent it home at the far post to make it 0-1 in the 39th minute.
Toluca took, lost, and regained the lead as they beat Pachuca 2-1. The result gets the Diablos Rojos back to winning ways after last week’s surprise loss – they now have four wins in their last five – while the Tuzos have now lost two of their last three.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, with Toluca taking the lead in just the 3rd minute. Luis Quiñones played in Alexis Vega, who saw his shot saved by Óscar Pérez. But the rebound fell to Alexis Canelo, who sent it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the Diablos.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Querétaro came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Xolos winless in two, but unbeaten at home this season, while the Gallos Blancos remain winless in four.
The hosts took the lead early on. In the 12th minute, Miler Bolaños sent a pinpoint cross into the box for Fabián Castillo, whose header beat Tiago Volpi to make it 1-0 for the Xolos.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pumas UNAM came back for a 1-2 away win. The result extends the universitarios’ unbeaten streak to six games, while El Rebaño saw their own three-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a blistering pace. Almost immediately, Pumas won a free kick, which Pablo Barrera took and nearly caught out Raúl Gudiño with, although the keeper was able to get back and make the save.
León started the game off well and found some early chances. Walter González had an opportunity just minutes into the game, but Gabriel Achilier was able to send the ball out for a corner kick.
América took an early lead and fought off a comeback attempt as they picked up a 2-3 away win against Tigres UANL. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in six – and gives them a three-game road winning streak – while the universitarios saw their own six-game unbeaten streak halted.
The scoring started early in this one, with América taking the lead in just the 8th minute. Roger Martínez ran on to a deflected shot at the end line and he sent it back across the face of goal, where Bruno Valdez was lurking at the far post to make it 0-1.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came back for a 2-1 victory against the 10-man Rayados. The result keeps La Máquina perfect at home this season with seven straight wins, while Monterrey saw their two-game unbeaten streak halted.
The game started off at a good pace, with both sides coming out attacking. The game was an end-to-end affair for the first 15 minutes, and then Monterrey took the lead from a set piece. The visitors won a free kick a long way out, but distance proved no obstacle as César Montes headed home the service to make it 0-1 for the Rayados.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Veracruz and Necaxa played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless in five, while the Rayos are winless in three and winless on the road this season.
The pressure was on Veracruz in this one, as the hosts are uncomfortably close to the bottom of both the league table and the relegation standings. However, it was Necaxa who controlled possession in the early going.